A Brief History Of The Calzone

Learn about the history of the calzone.

Learn about the history of the calzone.

The calzone is one of the most convenient ways to eat Italian food, as the half-pizza, half-sandwich is meant to be eaten with one hand. Calzones originated in Naples, and while they are not as popular as pizza, they are a great alternative! At Giolitti Deli, we serve calzones including Spinach and Cheese, Sausage, Peppers, and Cheese, and Pepperoni and Fresh Mozzarella for $8.95 each. Continue reading to learn more about the history of the calzone, then come into Giolitti Deli to try one for yourself!

Italian Food To Go

When calzones were first originated in Naples, they were designed to be eaten by hand, without any utensils. The half-moon shape of a traditional calzone indicates that it was made by simply folding over a single round of pizza crust. The toppings inside a traditional calzone were similar to those you would find on a pizza, including mozzarella cheese, meats such as ham or salami, and various vegetables. In Italy, you may find smaller calzones at an Italian lunch counter or street vendor, as they are a great choice for those who are standing or on the go.

Calzones In America

In the U.S., calzones are typically made from pizza dough and stuffed with variations of meats, cheese, and vegetables- or almost any toppings you like. Popular calzone flavors in America include classics such as pepperoni and sausage and peppers, or different flavors such as barbeque and buffalo chicken.

Calzone vs. Stromboli

Some people confuse the calzone and the stromboli, as they share similar ingredients. However, the stromboli was created in America in the 1950s and had a few differences. For example, stromboli consists of cheese, Italian meats, and a tomato-based sauce that are laid out on a sheet of pizza dough. The dough is then rolled up (rather than folded over) into a triangle and is finished in the oven or a fryer. Another main difference between the two is that strombolis contain sauce, while calzones typically come with sauce on the side for dipping.

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!


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